Corralejo

Corralejo is, by far, one of the most popular resorts on the island and the first tourist area of Fuerteventura with views to Los Lobos and over 20km2 of sand dunes and beaches. It is located in north Fuerteventura, and it pertains to the municipality of La Oliva, only about 40 kilometres from FUE Airport. Taking a cab (taxi) to Corralejo from the airport would cost about 50 Euro, holiday transfer about 20 Euro and local bus service (with change in Puerto del Rosario) less than five Euro* (see note to get more info).

*Note: You’ll need to take the first bus number 3 to Puerto del Rosario. Once you reach the last stop, have look for the number 6 bus to Corralejo. It’s the same terminus. This is the cheapest way to get to Corralejo from the airport.

While deciding where precisely to stay in Fuerteventura, whether trying to spot or to avoid the buzz so characteristic of an ebullient nightlife, you should take into account Corralejo is the undisputed nightlife hotspot of Fuerteventura, with all that is implied in a reputation of this kind.

Furthermore, Corralejo is the liveliest place in La Oliva in terms of shopping, with the impressive El Campanario Shopping Centre which clusters around it most of the nightlife venues. Another highlight of the shopping life in Corralejo refers to the Mercadillo de Corralejo. In fact, you wont be able to avoid markets and shops once you are in Corralejo. There is plenty to see and to do in Corralejo, with a market and shopping near to the harbour area, the town centre is jammed with cafes, bars and local restaurants. You really will be spoilt for choice, with fish direct from the fishermen or fresh fruits and salads from local growers – tomato heaven.

But beaches can never be left out of the definition of a perfect holiday. The beach pertaining to Corralejo is, without overstating, the most developed stretch of sand in the entire municipality, as in anthropogenic comforts and facilities. Despite the fact the Corralejo beach is not necessarily dedicated to nudism**, nudists may rest assured: La Oliva is literally replete with nudist beaches, which means the surroundings of Corralejo are highly likely to be just as generous in this respect.

**Note: If nude sunbathing in a drystone wind shelter, should you want privacy place a towel across the entrance.

Corralejo Dunes

Along the northern coast of Fuerteventura, golden sand dunes contrast against a mountainous backdrop, drenched in year-round sun. Underwater volcanic eruptions and quakes have created a unique and dramatic landscape, just 60 miles from Africa’s coastline. The massive sand dunes of Corralejo and La Oliva play host to speed surfing championships as the water is just so perfect. If you looking for some adventure, the 15 km of beaches with a surf board or kite surfing might be your thing – there are instructor schools available for beginners. Or you could just take advantage of one on the best beaches in the Atlantic coast and just simply lay back relax and experience the magic of Fuerteventura. The Nature Park of Las Dunas de Corralejo is the one nature attraction in this resort which in no case should be overlooked. It is home to yet other several beaches always worth exploring both due to their inner assets and for their privileged location. You’ve got to keep in mind that it’s a lot of sand, with a plenty of sand and a lot more sand, then there is the ocean and then a lot more sand again. So if you like sand as I do, this is the place to go. Birdwatchers might find it exciting the park has been declared a Special Protected Zone for Wild Birds.

The presence of Baku Park in Corralejo is also a reason why a huge number of tourists choose this resort over its counterparts in Fuerteventura. Baku Park is one of the few (two, actually) theme parks in Fuerteventura, and it is always a source of specific tourist opportunities.

Corralejo is also the place where the famed International Kite Festival is held each year, which always works, as far as tourists are concerned, as a further incentive for visiting or staying in Corralejo.

Corralejo is nothing like a destination for passive holidays, since the place is replete with all-tempting opportunities of island hopping or sports activities. Indeed, Corralejo is home to one of the few ports in Fuerteventura from where boats operated by Naviera Armas, Fred Olsen Express and Catlanza head for Lanzarote and Los Lobos. Just take a day trip to Lanzarote. The ferry between Corralejo and Playa Blanca takes under half an hour and is like a mini cruise itself.

At the same time, the resort is still good as base for exploring*** the island of Fuerteventura with over 20 car, bike and motorbike rental companies. And, of course, what could a holiday in Fuerteventura be without water and out of water sports? Corralejo is ideal for practising tennis and diving, surfing, windsurfing and fishing, sailing and ski jet alike.

***Note: The perfect base for exploring the whole island is Caleta de Fuste. Much more central and closer to everywhere. Just keep this in mind if you’re planning to make some trips, especially to the south every other day.

Luxury holiday in Corralejo

Corralejo could not live up to its reputation if it did not offer to its visitors the possibility of splurging. Indeed, the 5-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real gives visitors with no financial worries the opportunity of a luxury dream holiday.

The old town of Corralejo

The original town of Corralejo is centred around the old harbour which was used by local fishermen and fishing from the harbour wall is still popular. There is a small sheltered beach that provides safe bathing called La Clavellina. This beach is popular among shoppers and workers as quick sunbathing spot but for serious sunbathing sessions, most tourists prefer the other beaches.

Corralejo Marina

The marina in Corralejo is used by pleasure craft and by the ferry services to Lanzarote and Lobos, a small island a 15 minute ferry ride away. There are various trips that run from the harbour to the island and others for dolphin trips and glass bottomed boats. Bookings for these can be made at one of the many booths around the marine. The ferry services ply between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and leave every 30 minutes.

 

Last but not least, like any other respectable resort, Corralejo could not lack the all-useful tourist information offices. In fact, there are two places of this kind in Corralejo, and you can always rely on their services with personal always happy to help. Corralejo is simply one of the best places in Fuerteventura you could possibly stay with or without family with plenty of fun and things to do.

 

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Baku Park

UPDATED info: Acua Water Park

Here is the original information:
Baku Park is commonly known as Corralejo water park. The truth is this venue is much more than a water park. Indeed, there are plenty of slides and pools and the like, but this complex of leisure opportunities also comprises a mini golf area and a haunted house, for instance. You’ll also be able to find there tennis academy, go-kart circuit and various other attractions. The presence of several shops and restaurants goes without saying, since such venues are implied by the definition of a modern fun park.

Baku Water Park prices

The food is good quality and is well priced considering they could charge a lot more being inside the water park. Talking about prices, you’ll be able to rent your own inflatable ring for about 5 Euro (plus 5 Euro refundable deposit) or have to wait for a free one.

Another cost to consider is lockers. Each will cost 5 Euro but they are big enough to use only one for the whole family.

Fancy a WiFi connection in the water park? It will cost you another 2 Euro.

Entrance cost:

  • Adult ticket: 25 € (20 € after 3PM)
  • Child*: 19 € (14 € after 3PM)
  • Ticket for couple of days: 38 € per adult and 29 € per child*
  • One week ticket: 85 € per adult and 60 € per child*
  • Children under 3 years: Free

*Note: Child is considered up to age of 11 years.

Pricing is the only downside of the water park and that’s the reason why we have a secret tip for you. If you’re not happy to pay those entry prices, pay attention and try to get some free scratch cards with brochures in the airport from ladies giving them free to newcomers to the island as part of advertising. Usually you can “score” buy one get one free or half price for the second person.

There’s also a free bus from Caleta de Fuste, Jandia and Costa Calma if you’re not staying in Corralejo. And free parking next to the entrance if you’re coming with your car.

Opening hours:

March, April and May:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 am – 5.30 pm

June, July and August: Every day 10 am – 6 pm

September, October and November:

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 am – 5.30 pm

Baku Park Market

The excitement of visiting Baku Park is furthermore enhanced by the hosting of the so-called Mercadillo de Corralejo, twice a week, in the immediate proximity of Baku Park, a market of no little importance for the shopping picture of Corralejo. The entrance is about 100 yards (90 meters) past Baku Water Park going away from the town.

The market is held every Monday and Friday between 09:00 and 14:00.

Name: Baku Park

Address: 41, Avda. Nstra. Sra. del Carmen, Corralejo, 35660, La Oliva

Telephone: 0034 928 867 227

Fax: 0034 928 537 807

Email: info@bakufuerteventura.com

Website: www.bakufuerteventura.com

Latitude:  28° 43′ 34.5801″N
Longitude:  13° 52′ 17.6507″W

Fuerteventura Baku Park on the map

 

The bottom line is Baku Park is an ideal place where you can spend high quality time in the company of your family and friends, experiencing at the same time, the amazing magic of Fuerteventura.

Last tip: Go on the top of the highest slide and take a look around. You’ll be able to see massive part of the island, almost the whole Corralejo and even mountains of the neighbor island – Lanzarote.

UPDATED info: Acua Water Park

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Taxi in Fuerteventura – prices, phone numbers

Traveling by taxi is fairly convenient in Fuerteventura. Taxi operators practice low rates, which is a strong plus for using this kind of transport. Yes taking a cab in Fuerteventura is pretty cheap.

One thing you should keep in mind is cabs operate in a municipal system, meaning that a taxi pertaining to a certain municipality will not pick up clients wanting to travel to a municipality other than the one assigned to it. Taxis are also available at Fuerteventura Airport.  The taxi rank is right outside of the Fuerteventura airport building and it cost 12 Euros into Caleta de Fuste and about 50 Euros to Corralejo or El Cotillo. To take a cab down south to Playa Jandia would cost you about 100 Euros. You’ll find the full list bellow.

The taxis are metered. Even that it is always a worth to ask for an estimated price before you take the cab to avoid a nasty surprise.

Fuerteventura is a popular island with UK tourists and the majority of taxi drivers can speak at least a bit of English. It is always handy to have the destination address written down on piece of paper, especially if you are going to some remote resort, anyway. The more information you’ll pass to the driver the faster you can be there.

Here is few numbers, bookmark this page if you’ll ever need a quick cab:

Puerto del Rosario taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 850 216

Antigua taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 878 011

Betancuria taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 163 004

Caleta De Fuste taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 163004

Corralejo taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 537 441 or 0034 928 866 108

Email: info@taxiscorralejo.com

La Oliva taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 866 108

Pajara (Morro Jable) taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 541 257

Pajara (Costa Calma) taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 547 032

Tuineje taxi

Phone number: 0034 928 870 059

Cost of a taxi fare from the airport to most places in Fuerteventura:

Destination Distance Time Price Price 10PM-6AM
Playa Blanca 4 km 5 minutes 6 € 7 €
El Matorral 4 km 5 minutes 6 € 7 €
Puerto del Rosario 9 km 10 minutes 11 € 13 €
Nuevo Horizonte 9 km 10 minutes 11 € 12 €
Caleta de Fuste 12 km 12 minutes 14 € 15 €
Golf Castillo 13 km 15 minutes 15 € 18 €
Puerto Lajas 17 km 15 minutes 19 € 22 €
Triquivijate 18 km 15 minutes 21 € 25 €
Antigua 22 km 20 minutes 25 € 28 €
La Caleta 22 km 20 minutes 25 € 29 €
Parque Holandes 24 km 23 minutes 28 € 33 €
Tindaya 26 km 20 minutes 30 € 34 €
La Oliva 33 km 22 minutes 37 € 42 €
Tuineje 36 km 30 minutes 49 € 55 €
Villaverde 37 km 25 minutes 41 € 46 €
Riu Corralejo 37 km 25 minutes 41 € 46 €
Los Lajares 40 km 35 minutes 47 € 49 €
Corralejo 41 km 30 minutes 46 € 52 €
Corralejo Harbour 44 km 35 minutes 49 € 56 €
Tamaragua 44 km 40 minutes 49 € 55 €
Pajara 44 km 40 minutes 49 € 55 €
Gran Tarajal 44 km 30 minutes 49 € 55 €
Las Playitas 47 km 35 minutes 52 € 59 €
El Cotillo 48 km 40 minutes 53 € 59 €
Origo Mare 50 km 40 minutes 55 € 62 €
Tarajalejo 54 km 40 minutes 59 € 67 €
La Lajita 58 km 45 minutes 64 € 72 €
Costa Calma 69 km 50 minutes 76 € 85 €
La Pared 71 km 55 minutes 78 € 87 €
Los Gorriones 72 km 55 minutes 79 € 88 €
Risco del Paso 75 km 50 minutes 82 € 93 €
Esquinzo 82 km 53 minutes 90 € 102 €
Aldiana 84 km 55 minutes 92 € 104 €
Iberostar 85 km 56 minutes 93 € 105 €
Faro Jandia 87 km 57 minutes 95 € 107 €
Faro Jandia 87 km 57 minutes 95 € 107 €
Jndia Playa 90 km 60 minutes 97 € 109 €
Morro Jable Puerto 95 km 70 minutes 103 € 116 €

Taxi alternatives

Even using the taxi in Fuerteventura is really cheap, compare to the UK prices, there is always a cheaper alternative to get around the island. The cheapest option is taking the bus or to book a tourist transfer. You have to consider the waiting for the bus or couch and most of the time the bus will stop few times before you’ll reach your holiday resort.

Another, and I would say the best, alternative to taxi is a car hire. You’ll be able to go wherever – whenever. You won’t be tied with time tables or limited to the number of bus stops. Getting the car in airport will take you only few minutes (most of the times) and you’ll be able to see places you want to see whiting your own time schedule. It will of course cost more than couch but less than a cab. The choice is yours.

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